Week 4: Rhetoric of Visual Design

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 4 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 4 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 4 and/or previous weeks).

Select two of the blogs you are following and analyze each blog’s visual style. What elements of the site’s design make it attractive or unattractive, easy or difficult to use? What “feeling” is conveyed by the site’s design elements and/or deployment of images? What design techniques do you see that you want to embrace or avoid in your own blog? (You don’t have to directly answer all these questions – focus on the one or two questions most relevant to your interests and the blogs you’re analyzing for this week’s post.)

Remember that providing links to the blog pages and/or images you analyze will help your reader corroborate (or challenge) your findings.

Week 3: Finding Your Voice

For this assignment, you have two options:

1) Respond to the Week 3 Prompt, written below. [100 words]

or

2) Respond to at least two of your peers’ responses to the Week 3 Prompt. [60 words each]

No matter which option you choose, make sure to tie your responses to our course readings (from Week 3 and/or previous weeks).

Prompt: Select two of the blogs you are following and analyze the “voice” of each blogger. How would you characterize each blogger’s voice/persona? What techniques does each blogger use to cultivate his/her voice? In what ways are those techniques successful or unsuccessful?

Note: your post will be more credible if you include specific examples to illustrate your response and also provide links to the textual evidence you use in your post.